Spotted eagle owl
|Spotted Eagle Owl|
|Conservation status||Least concern|
The spotted eagle owl (Bubo africanus) is a bird or prey of the family Strigidae, and is found in much of sub-Saharan Africa.
Although considered large, the spotted eagle owl is one of the smaller birds of the genus Bubo, with a length of 18 inches, a wingspan of 39 to 55 inches, and a body weight of 1.1 to 1.9 pounds. Females are slightly larger than males.
The upper plumage is brown in color, and mottled throughout in dark brown, light brown, and creamy-white; both primary and secondary flight feathers are barred. The underside is lighter in color, with fine brown barring offset by irregular brown patches. The facial disk is a pale ochre, with a pair of faintly dark rings radiating outward towards a single black disk border. The ear tufts are prominent, and seem to extend directly from the yellow eyes. Legs are feathered to the toes.
- Bubo africanus africanus; Gabon, southern D. R. Congo, southern Uganda, central Kenya south to South Africa
- Bubo africanus milesi; southwestern Arabia, Yemen and Oman
- Bubo africanus tanae; Kenya: central and lower Tana River, Lali Hills
Spotted eagle owls prefer rocky areas in treeless areas, semi-desert and light forest. He is active at dusk and at night. From a high vantage point, it hunts for small mammals and lizards, large insects, and occasionally other birds.